Librarian, Courthouse Libraries BC - Victoria, BC

Position Title: Librarian, Courthouse Libraries BC

Location: Victoria, BC

Position Status: Term (one year), Full-time (35 hours per week) 
with the possibility of permanent status 

About Courthouse Libraries BC 

Courthouse Libraries BC (CLBC) is currently searching for a Librarian for our Victoria location.
CLBC’s vision is that everyone in BC has the legal information they need and the ability to use it. CLBC connects the legal community and the public in BC with legal information and strives to equip our clients with the skills needed to use this information.

We are looking for a team member with a customer service focus to provide information services to clients in the Victoria branch and to share the responsibility for the day to day functioning and maintenance of the library. This position is part of our Regional Branches team that serves clients throughout the province.

We offer a dynamic and supportive workplace, where we value diversity and work-life balance. This position is a one year term, working Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm (35 hours per week). 

November Coffee Morning @ Dentons Canada LLP

VALL members are invited to meet and mingle over morning coffee, tea, and pastries Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017!

When: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 from 7:30am - 9:00am
Where: Dentons Canada LLP, 250 Howe Street on the 20th Floor

Please send along your RSVP and any dietary restrictions to Julie Wettstein,, by November 21st, 2017

Hope to see you there! 

Legislative Assembly of Ontario Website Survey

On behalf of Erica Anderson:


I am pleased to announce a project is underway to update the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s public website.  Part of the work includes regularly communicating proposed changes and the plans ahead to key stakeholders.

The new website will feature: 

  • A simplified design that is responsive on any device
  • New content pages and features for the general public
  • Updated services and directories

As part of our planning process we are collecting feedback on the usefulness of the current site.

If you can, please fill out a short survey now posted at the bottom of every page on  All of your comments and suggestions will be considered.

I will be in touch in early 2018 with more information.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Assembly website or this project, please contact me.

Crown copyright e-petition update

On behalf of Amanda Wakaruk:

Thank you to everyone who supported the Crown copyright e-petition 1116, which asked the Government of Canada to make publicly available government works part of the public domain (background information available here).

The petition closed on September 23 with almost three times the number of signatories required for certification. It is also one of the few e-petitions to have signatories from all provinces and territories. The e-petition is scheduled for tabling in the House of Commons on Friday, October 20. The Government of Canada will then have 45 days to respond.

Conversations generated by this process have been inspiring. It was especially rewarding to hear directly from supporters in the private and government sectors, given that much of the evidence we were working with was based on the experiences of those in post-secondary environments.

Job posting: Librarian/Library Technician, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East, positioning us to help companies with their legal needs around the world.  DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is one of Canada’s leading law firms with a team of innovative, proactive and dedicated lawyers, administrative and support staff who serve our clients in Canada, the Pacific Rim and around the world. As one of British Columbia’s Top Employers from 2007 to 2017, we offer competitive salaries and benefits including a generous, top-rated employee pension plan. We believe that all members of our team need to work together to provide world class service to our clients.

If you are talented in providing unprecedented service, are enthusiastic and a team player, we are looking for you!  We are currently looking for a Librarian or Library Technician to join our Library department and invite you to review the job description.

Reporting to the Manager of Library Services in Vancouver, the duties of this full-time position include reference, staff orientation, current awareness and assisting the other Library staff in providing library services to the Firm.

This position may be based in either our Vancouver or Toronto offices.

CALL/ACBD Webinar: Platforms, Apps and Omnibots - Alternate Views on the Future of Legal Research

Thursday, October 26, 2017

10:00 - 11:30 PST

Can you imagine a future where a single sign-in will give you access to a range of tools to support different aspects of legal research? How about one where effective research requires multiple accounts from different service providers each of which offer a tailored solution. Or perhaps a future where you simply ask an artificially intelligent Alexa, Siri, Cortana or Google to find you some stuff that you can rely on? As you might have already observed, we are madly rushing in all three directions right now!

In this webinar, Colin will discuss these different and potentially conflicting trends; introduce the players, tools and technologies being applied to legal research, and offer some suggestions on how to manage the onslaught of new gadgets and miracle solutions demanding your time and legal research investment dollars.

Copyright course

VALLeagues, I just want to endorse Lesley Ellen Harris' course, which I took back in the 2000s. She is very good at explaining this complex and ever-shifting topic.

Here's information from CALL/ACBD's email, which you will likely have seen:

This fall, Lesley is teaching an online course through called “Certificate in Canadian Copyright Law”, which is the only copyright certificate program for non-lawyers in Canada. In addition, she is offering a special discount just for members of CALL/ACBD. More information can be found on the registration page: Use the code CALL2017 to apply a 10% discount after clicking ‘Register’!

October Lunchtime Seminar - "Reputation Matters" with Daniel Reid

**One Week Left to Register** 

Please join VALL for our October Seminar, “Reputation Matters: Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Online Defamation and Privacy Actions” with guest speaker Daniel Reid of Harper Grey LLP. Many VALL members will remember Daniel from his presentation on the topic of defamation from 2011.

In his practice, Daniel frequently obtains orders identifying the authors of “anonymous” phone messages, emails and webpages, injunctions restraining publication of defamatory or private material, and orders to produce computers for forensic analysis.  He is cited by the Supreme Court of Canada (in conjunction with Mr. Baynham, QC) in the leading case concerning liability attached to online “hyperlinks”.

Daniel will talk about the evolving law regarding online publications, the difficulty in gathering evidence online, and useful resources that can assist in investigating “anonymous” publications.

Date: Friday, October 27th, 2017

Place: The Law Courts Inn, Inside the Law Courts Building. 800 Smithe Street, 4th Floor, Vancouver. Enter off of Nelson Street, climb the large set of concrete stairs, and walk to the end of the building. The lower entrance to the Law Courts Inn is located next to the emergency exit doors.

Job posting: Law Librarian, Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, ON)

Lakehead University invites applications for a Law Librarian to commence in January 2018. The Law Librarian reports to the University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning) and will work closely with the Dean, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.

The Search Committee will begin considering potential candidates after October 16, 2017 and will continue until the position is successfully filled. Applicants should include a letter of interest that clearly articulates your vision and interest in law librarianship, a curriculum vitae, and the names three referees (who will not be contacted without the consent of the applicant).

Job posting at

News from Dom Bautista and Amici Curiae

Amici Curiae is excited to announce it is launching a new legal forms workshop in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library. This new workshop will ultimately be at the centrally located Oakridge Branch and will offer assistance with legal forms, including in the areas of:

  • BC Court of Appeals (civil and family law matters);
  • Supreme Court of BC Civil and family law matters;
  • Provincial Court of BC affidavits;
  • BC Human Rights Tribunal applications; and
  • employment, tenancy and foreclosure matters.

Our free service is available to the public, including battered women, transgender persons, and Indigenous people.

We will be hosting an information session and we invite you to come hear more about the services we will be offering at this new workshop:

Date: Monday, September 18, 2017

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Central Branch, Vancouver Public Library 350 West Georgia Street Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1
Boardroom: Alma VanDusen room (lower level)

Please RSVP by e-mail to Yvonne Choi at

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